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Cablegate: Nigeria: Econ-Related New Minister Bios

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1. SUMMARY: The incoming Ministers come from a variety of
backgrounds in keeping with Nigeria's ethnic diversity and several
analysts have praised the appointments. President Yar'adua will act
as Minister of Energy, following the footsteps of his predecessor.
Questions remain on several Ministers' expertise, particularly the
junior ministers in the Energy Ministry, who have already admitted
ignorance in their assigned portfolios. Whether inexperience will
hinder the ministers' duties to administrate and coordinate remains
to be seen. The following information provides bios on the recently
inaugurated new cabinet ministers and their deputies responsible for
economic, health and labor portfolios. END SUMMARY.

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2. On July 26, President Yar'adua inaugurated a new cabinet of
ministers, and in the ministries of Energy, Finance, Commerce,
Health, Mines and Steel Development, and Transport, appointed both
Ministers and Ministers of State. The Ministers of State are junior
ministers, usually given responsibilities of lesser importance to
the substantive minister, required to report to the substantive
minister, and act in the minister's absence.
Minister of Finance
3. Since June 1999, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman has been the Deputy
Governor responsible for Domestic Monetary and Banking Policy in the
Central Bank of Nigeria. Usman has been Chairman and a Board member
of a number of institutions, including Nigerian Export-Import Bank,
Steering Committee of the Abuja Commodities Exchange, and the
African Export-Import Bank in Cairo, Egypt. In October 1994, Usman
was appointed Managing Director/Chief Executive, NAL Merchant Bank.
Prior to that, he was Executive Director for International and
Investments Sector, United Bank for Africa (1992 - 1993); and
Corporate and International Banking, Union Bank of Nigeria (1993 -
1994). Usman has worked both in the private and public sectors as
Director General of the Technical Committee on Privatization and
Commercialization (1989 - 1991); General Manager NAL Merchant Bank
(1985 - 1988); controller at the Nigerian Industrial Development
Bank (1981 - 1985); lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
(1976 - 1981); and Planning Officer at the Kano State Ministry of
Economic Planning (1974 - 1976).

4. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and proceeded to the London School of
Economics and Political Science where he obtained a Masters degree
in Economics in 1977 and a doctorate in 1980. Usman is a recipient
of the Nigerian National Honors Award of the "Officer of the Federal
Republic (OFR)". Usman was born on September 18, 1949 in Kano
Minister of State for Finance
5. The Minister of State for Finance, Aderemi Babalola, is
responsible for issues relating to domestic finance, customs, and
the monthly federal allocation committee meetings, while the
Minister of Finance is responsible for Nigeria's relationship with
multilateral and bilateral institutions and overall management of
fiscal policy. Babalola is amiable and hardworking. His experience
working as part of management in two of the most profitable and well
run banks in Nigeria should be a plus for him in his new

6. Since September 2005, Babalola has been Executive Director at
First Bank Nigeria Plc, one of the leading and dominant banks in the
country. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, he was
Deputy General Manager and Divisional Head of Corporate Planning and
Group Coordination. Babalola also worked for Zenith Bank from 1990
to 2001, and rose to become General Manager, Lagos and Western
Region Business Division. Before his foray into the banking
industry, he worked for PriceWaterhouse and Arthur Andersen.
Babalola holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University
of Ibadan, and a Master of Banking and Finance from the University
of Lagos. He was born on September 8, 1964.

Minister of State for Energy (Power)
7. Since October 1999, Fatima Balaraba Ibrahim has been Executive
Director responsible for Finance and Administration at the Nigerian

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Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC). Ibrahim has experience
administering a state ministry and being in charge of finance and
administration at the NDIC.

8. Ibrahim has been Assistant Director and Company Secretary at the
NDIC from 1989 to 1999. Prior to her joining the NDIC she was
Commissioner for Health, Sokoto State from 1984 to 1988. Between
1976 and 1988 she was a lecturer at Bayero University, Kano; Kaduna
Polytechnic; and Uthman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. Ibrahim has
attended various courses in several institutions including World
Bank/Federal Reserve Seminar for Bank Supervisors from Emerging
Economies in Washington D.C., and Pension Fund and Investment
Management Course, at the Wharton School, Pennsylvania. She holds a
diploma in French from the University of Dakar, Senegal, a Bachelor
of Arts degree in French from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,
and a Masters degree in French from the Bayero University, Kano.
Ibrahim was born on April 16, 1947 in Kebbi.
Minister of State for Energy (Gas)
9. Until his appointment, Emmanuel Odusina was the
Chairman/Managing Director of MTB Petroleum and Gas Nigeria Limited.
He worked with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
from 1983 to 2004, rising to the position of Chief Officer before
his retirement. Prior to working at the NNPC, he worked as Postal
Officer at the Ministry of Communications in Lagos. Odusina holds a
B.S. in Chemistry from Morgan State University, Baltimore, and a
Masters degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma.
He was born on November 25, 1943
Minister of State for Energy (Petroleum)
10. Henry Ajumogobia served as Rivers Rivers State Attorney-General
and Commissioner of Justice between 2003 and 2007. As Attorney
General and Commissioner of Justice, he was responsible for running
the affairs of the state's Ministry of Justice. From 1984 he was
Principal Partner in the law firm of Ajumogobia and Okeke and worked
as Associate Partner in the law firm of Fred Egbe and Company
between 1980 and 1983. Prior, he was a Graduate Assistant with the
Law Faculty, University of Lagos. Ajumogobia holds a Bachelor of
Law degree from the University of Lagos and was called to the
Nigerian Bar in 1979. He also holds a Masters degree in Law from
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. He was born on June 29, 1956.
Minister of Commerce and Industry
11. Engineer Charles Chukwuemeka Ugwuh, an industrialist, was the
immediate past president of the Manufacturers Association of
Nigeria, and is Chairman of both Rokana Industries and Hydro
Resources Industries Limited. Embassy industry contacts consider
him an active and successful industrialist, and believe he will be a
strong voice for local manufacturers.

12. Ugwuh holds a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
and an Advanced Diploma in Power Engineering from Borough
Polytechnic, London. He also holds a Master of Science degree in
Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in thermodynamics from
Birmingham University, England. Ugwuh was born on December 3, 1942.

Minister of State for Commerce and Industry
13. Alhaji Ahmed Garba Bichi was Executive Director responsible for
services in the Hadejia-Jama'are River Basin Development Authority
before his new appointment. He held various portfolios with
responsibilities for agriculture and rural development in Kano State
from 1984 to 2005. Bichi rose to the position of Managing
Director/Chief Executive Officer, Kano Agricultural Supply Company,
before retiring from the state civil service in 2005. Bichi holds a
Higher National Diploma in Agricultural Mechanization from the
Kaduna Polytechnic and a post graduate diploma in Management and MBA
from Bayero University, Kano. Bichi was born on November 28, 1964.
Minister of Transport
14. Deziani K. Allison-Madueke was External Affairs Director, Shell

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Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Nigeria Limited, and was the
first female director of the Anglo-Dutch oil giant. Between 1993
and 2007 she served as Head, Projects Unit, Lagos; Head, Estates and
Civil Infrastructure and Corporate Issues Management; Adviser,
Strategy Planning; Lead Ventures Relations. Prior to joining SPDC
Allison-Madueke worked with American Interior Builders Inc. in
Washington D.C as Project Engineer, and in 1988 joined Furman
Construction Management Inc, Rockville, Maryland, as Design
Coordinator. Allison-Madueke holds a B.S. in Architecture from
Howard University, Washington D.C. and a Masters degree in Business
Administration from Cambridge University, UK. Allison-Madueke was
born on December 6, 1960.
Minister of State for Transport
15. Prior to his recent appointment, Prince John Okechukwu Emeka
was managing director and chief executive of Fichtel and Sachs (West
Africa) Limited, an automobile parts manufacturing company in Lagos.
He had earlier worked with Nigerian Commercial and industrial
Enterprises Limited as managing director and chief executive in 1990
and executive director in 1987. Emeka holds a B.S. in Business
Administration from Columbia College, NY and an MBA from Fontbonne
College, Saint Louis, MO. He was born on July 18, 1962.
Minister/Deputy Chairman National Planning Commission
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16. Senator Muhammed Sanusi Daggash served as Senator from 2003 to
2007 and was a Member of the Federal House of Representatives from
1999 to 2003. While in the House of Representatives he served as
the Chairman, House Committee on Commerce. Daggash has held various
positions in the private sector which includes Director, Mass
Consult Nigeria Limited; Director, International Procurement
Services Nigeria Limited; and Director, Matrix-Chad Limited, Kaduna.
He also worked as an architect with the Borno State Ministry of
Works and Housing between 1982 and 1986. Daggash holds a Bachelors
and a Masters degree in Architecture from the Ahmadu Bello
University, Zaria. He also holds a Master of Science in Development
Economics from the University of London, and a Master of Public
Administration from the University of Maiduguri. Daggash was born
on December 22, 1960.
Minister for Housing and Environment
17. During the administration of former President Obasanjo, Halima
Tayo Alao was appointed Minister of State for Education and later
Minister of State for Health, which she held until May 29, 2007.
Prior to this, Alao was Permanent Secretary in the Kwara State Civil
Service in 2003 and served in the Ministry of Lands and Housing and
later the Ministry of Works and Transport. She had earlier served
as Executive Secretary, Kwara State Commission for Women in 1995 and
Director, Kwara State Ministry for Women Affairs in 1997. Alao
started her career in 1982 as an architect with the Kwara State Town
Planning Authority and rose to the position of Principal Architect.
She holds a Master of Science degree in Architecture from the Ahmadu
Bello University, Zaria and a Master of Public Administration from
University of Ilorin. She was born on December 6, 1956.
Minister of Health
18. Professor Adenike Grange is the current president of the
International Pediatrics Association. She joined the Lagos
University Teaching Hospital in 1971 and attained the position of
professor in 1995. Between 1964 and 1971, she worked in various
hospitals in Nigeria, Germany, and Britain. She began her career as
a clinical clerk at the University College, Ibadan in 1962.
Professor Grange was born in 1940.
Minister of State for Health
19. Chief Gabriel Aduku was Executive Chairman of ArchCon, a firm
of architects, prior to his appointment. Aduku joined ArchCon as an
architect in 1970 and rose to become its executive chairman in 1984.
He had earlier worked as an Assistant Technical Officer with the
Institute of Agricultural Research, Samaru, Zaria from 1964 to 1970.
Aduku holds a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Ahmadu Bello
University Zaria. He was born on February 3, 1944.

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Minister of Mines and Steel Development
20. Chief Sarafa Tunji Ishola was Secretary to Ogun State
Government from 2003 to 2007. Ishola is an alumnus of the State
Department's International Visitors Program. Ishola was responsible
for coordinating the affairs of Commissioners in Ogun State between
2003 and 2007.

21. He had earlier served as Special Assistant to the Minister of
State for Finance from 1999 to 2003; and Chairman, Abeokuta North
Local Government Council between 1997 and 1998. Ishola was
appointed Chairman and Chief Executive of TAIST Nigeria Limited in
1990 and worked with the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (1986)
and Federal College of Education, Katsina (1983). Ishola holds a
diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing,
London. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing,
England and the British Institute of Management. He was born on
November 25, 1960.
Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development
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22. Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Gusau was elected deputy governor of
Sokoto State in 1991. He had earlier been the Coordinator, People's
Bank, Sokoto State. He also served in various capacities in the old
North-Western State Government and later Sokoto State. Gusau holds
a Post Graduate Diploma in Modern Management from the Institute of
Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He was born on
January 1, 1950.
Minister of Labor
23. Dr. Hassan Mohammed Lawal was Minister of Labor and
Productivity from 2004 to the end of the last administration. He is
favorably regarded by members of the Nigerian labor movement for his
work in strengthening tripartite communication. Lawal had served as
Legal Adviser at the Port-Harcourt Refinery; Special Assistant to
the Minister of Petroleum Resources; General Manager of NNPC and
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nigerian Shippers Council
between 1990 and 2004. He was Sub-Dean, Head of Department and
member of the Senate of the University of Jos before joining the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in 1990. Lawal served
as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Plateau State General
Supplies and Distribution Agency from 1986 to 1988, and Magistrate,
Plateau State Judiciary from 1980 to 1981. He holds a law degree
from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Master of Law and Ph.D
from University of Warwick, England. He was born on October 12,


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